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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

I would add spare propellers with hub for the bow thruster.
I just lost mine today, unsure of the cause, then put a spare in the water, and lost it…
I will post later on this event on the forum.


Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Private Slip, Marina Puerto Bahia, Samana, Dominican Republic




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On Thu, 3/17/16, Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 1:32 PM


 









Amel mechanic in Martenique told
me that Amel-Super-Maramu was equipped with a neoprene boot
for the anchor chain drop-off oppening on the deck and in
the windlass plate.  I haven't seen it, but I have a
threaded screw in the deck for that boot. It is good thing
to have to prevent water from going to the anchor chain
storage compartment. I don't know if you have it or if
you want one. I plan to order one, but I would like our
forum participants to comment on the usefulness  of this
boot.
Vladimir

SM 345 "LIFE IS GOOD"
On Mar 17, 2016 9:28
AM, "ericmeury@...
[amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
wrote:















 









About to place an order for the bow
thruster seals and the wear ring.
Anything else i should be
getting that is only avail from Amel such as rebuild kits
for any of the winches or motors etc etc.
 
1993 Amel
Santorin.






























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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

Amel mechanic in Martenique told me that Amel-Super-Maramu was equipped with a neoprene boot for the anchor chain drop-off oppening on the deck and in the windlass plate.  I haven't seen it, but I have a threaded screw in the deck for that boot. It is good thing to have to prevent water from going to the anchor chain storage compartment. I don't know if you have it or if you want one. I plan to order one, but I would like our forum participants to comment on the usefulness  of this boot.

Vladimir
SM 345 "LIFE IS GOOD"

On Mar 17, 2016 9:28 AM, "ericmeury@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

About to place an order for the bow thruster seals and the wear ring.


Anything else i should be getting that is only avail from Amel such as rebuild kits for any of the winches or motors etc etc.  


1993 Amel Santorin.


Re: Ordering From Amel

ericmeury@...
 

Rick...you have a santorin.

my boat is in Deltaville.  where did you get them made at?


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

Make sure you have an extra bow thruster prop. You may want to get the stern prop seals. They are different than the SM. I had mine made locally at 1/3 the cost.

Please add name, location.

Ric

Bali Hai SN24

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:59 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel

 

 

About to place an order for the bow thruster seals and the wear ring.

 

Anything else i should be getting that is only avail from Amel such as rebuild kits for any of the winches or motors etc etc.  

 

1993 Amel Santorin.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

It depends how far you are and for how long you are from civilization…
3 weeks ago, I broke the car (Chariot) on the main sail boom, thanks to Bill, I had a spare.
Here is the some items I recently ordered…
http://nikimat.com/amel_2015_10_25.html


Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Private Slip, Marina Puerto Bahia, Samana, Dominican Republic





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On Thu, 3/17/16, ericmeury@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Ordering From Amel
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 8:58 AM


 









About to place an order for the bow
thruster seals and the wear ring.
Anything else i should be
getting that is only avail from Amel such as rebuild kits
for any of the winches or motors etc etc.
 
1993 Amel
Santorin.









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Re: Broken shackle on Main Sail car

william_maffei@...
 

Thanks Alan! The idea behind the shackles is that there is less chafing because of a smoother surface and also faster change up in the event of an emergency or failure. Although dyneema is a great product, I have read/heard that when it starts to chafe it needs to be replaced rather quickly. I have also left a simple bowline knot on the out haul side to allow for tension adjustments on-the-fly. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. 

Bill Maffei
SM #195
It's all Good 


Ordering From Amel

ericmeury@...
 

About to place an order for the bow thruster seals and the wear ring.


Anything else i should be getting that is only avail from Amel such as rebuild kits for any of the winches or motors etc etc.  


1993 Amel Santorin.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

Donato Valente
 

Thanks for your help. 
Unfortunately I'm far away from the boat and can't check if one of the suggested tools can fit. 
I will appreciate if someone can tell me the size of the nylon but on the SM2000 (year 2004). 
Thanks in advance. 
Donato 

Ocean Bird
SM2000 #468
In Cuba 


Inviato da iPhone

Il giorno 16 mar 2016, alle ore 22:51, Gregory Shea gmshea@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> ha scritto:

 

Hi everyone, 
In the past I have made my own wrenches for stuffing boxes but I no longer have those facilities so I went to E Bay to see if I could find something off the shelf for my Sharki. The link below should take you into that part of E bay that caters to weird wrenches, 
I bought a pair of the 60 mm for my stern tube. 
Hope this adds to the store of knowledge

Greg Shea
Sharki 133
Cap des Iles


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:11:10 +0000
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

 

Hi,
I use an adjustable pipe wrench, it fits under the quadrant and works well. Very useful for a multitude of other tasks.
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl



From: "ing.d.valente@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:03 PM
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

 
Good day everybody.
I've read this interesting conversation about servicing/adjusting the rudder stuffing box.
We've found a little leakage from the rudderpost and, based on your experiences, we would try to simply tighten the nylon nut instead of removing the quadrant.
I'm referring to the cut-to-size wrench photo posted by Eric of Kimberlite. 
Since we are in Italy now and plan to fly to Cuba, would prefer have the wrench made before leaving and need then the sizes for that.
Does anyone have these sizes ?
We plan to sail from Cuba/Hemingway to Panama/St Blas early april.
Will be pleased to smoke a cigar with any amelowner overthere.
Thanks for your help

Donato
SM2000 OCEAN BIRD n.468
now in Cuba




---In amelyachtowners@..., wrote :

As Bill mentioned a slight turn on the nut will stop your leak. I would have someone cut a short wrench for you out of aluminum plate. There is a photo on kimberlites section in the photos section.
You need a large wrench and there is a small area to work.
You just turn the nut till the leak stops and then align the nut with locking plate and you are done.
Repacking the rudder stuffing box is tedious as the packing is rather hard to remove. I used a flat screwdriver as a chisel to remove all 3 rings of packing.
I would suggest you get the packing from Amel as it is already precut, also a spare nut.
 
It was  suggested by dow corning  to use Molykote silicone grease  it is specially formulated for packing.
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:58 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups..com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box
 
 
Just tighten the nut about 1/4 turn and you will be fine
 
Bill
BeBe 387
 
On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53 PM, thomas.kleman <no_reply@...> wrote:
 
I own L'ORIENT, SM2K #422, currently in Bonaire. I have a very slow drip from the stuffing box that increases somewhat in sailing conditions. I have read every post twice regarding this topic and hope the "old salts" can shed some light on this. My nylon nut under the quadrant is secured in place by a siezing plate (two screws) so a small tightening turn would involve re-siting this plate. I'm due for a haulout in about 6 months. 
 
My inclination is to give it a small tightening turn and see if that improves things. My understanding is that with some finesse, this maneuver can be done without removing the quadrant and attachments. Can someone suggest a grease or materials used in repacking this if/when it comes to that ? If a better approach exists I'm all ears. I'm aware that a lot of things get broken on boats when over-reacting to small problems. Thanks.
 




Re: Shower in the after lazaret

Gaffney, Drew <drew.gaffney@...>
 

Perhaps like most SM’s, we have two hoses in the cockpit locker.  One is the “shower” which has both hot and cold water.  We use it to clean the cockpit, and take showers, sitting on the aft cabin deck.  It has a typical shower-head and an on-off valve, in addition to the typical shower hot/cold faucet handles in the compartment.  It allows showering midway between the cockpit and the stern lazarette.

We have a second hose for high-pressure seawater washdown.  It has the coiled extension hose with a nozzle.  There is a power switch in the locker which turns on the high-pressure pump mounted on the starboard side of the forward engine-room wall, outboard of the transmission oil reserve.  It reaches from the anchor chain to the stern; getting rid of mud in the former and blood and gore toward the stern while cleaning fish.  Thinking about how we use either of these hoses, I can think of several reasons why we would not want to open the stern lazarette nor have one of two hoses at the stern.  The cockpit and the aft locker drain quickly and easily; not so for the stern.

Drew

S/Y Revelation SM390

Lying Rebel Marina, Norfolk VA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

Gregory Shea
 

Hi everyone, 
In the past I have made my own wrenches for stuffing boxes but I no longer have those facilities so I went to E Bay to see if I could find something off the shelf for my Sharki. The link below should take you into that part of E bay that caters to weird wrenches, 
I bought a pair of the 60 mm for my stern tube. 
Hope this adds to the store of knowledge

Greg Shea
Sharki 133
Cap des Iles


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:11:10 +0000
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

 

Hi,
I use an adjustable pipe wrench, it fits under the quadrant and works well. Very useful for a multitude of other tasks.
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl



From: "ing.d.valente@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:03 PM
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

 
Good day everybody.
I've read this interesting conversation about servicing/adjusting the rudder stuffing box.
We've found a little leakage from the rudderpost and, based on your experiences, we would try to simply tighten the nylon nut instead of removing the quadrant.
I'm referring to the cut-to-size wrench photo posted by Eric of Kimberlite. 
Since we are in Italy now and plan to fly to Cuba, would prefer have the wrench made before leaving and need then the sizes for that.
Does anyone have these sizes ?
We plan to sail from Cuba/Hemingway to Panama/St Blas early april.
Will be pleased to smoke a cigar with any amelowner overthere.
Thanks for your help

Donato
SM2000 OCEAN BIRD n.468
now in Cuba




---In amelyachtowners@..., wrote :

As Bill mentioned a slight turn on the nut will stop your leak. I would have someone cut a short wrench for you out of aluminum plate. There is a photo on kimberlites section in the photos section.
You need a large wrench and there is a small area to work.
You just turn the nut till the leak stops and then align the nut with locking plate and you are done.
Repacking the rudder stuffing box is tedious as the packing is rather hard to remove. I used a flat screwdriver as a chisel to remove all 3 rings of packing.
I would suggest you get the packing from Amel as it is already precut, also a spare nut.
 
It was  suggested by dow corning  to use Molykote silicone grease  it is specially formulated for packing.
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:58 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups..com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box
 
 
Just tighten the nut about 1/4 turn and you will be fine
 
Bill
BeBe 387
 
On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53 PM, thomas.kleman <no_reply@...> wrote:
 
I own L'ORIENT, SM2K #422, currently in Bonaire. I have a very slow drip from the stuffing box that increases somewhat in sailing conditions. I have read every post twice regarding this topic and hope the "old salts" can shed some light on this. My nylon nut under the quadrant is secured in place by a siezing plate (two screws) so a small tightening turn would involve re-siting this plate. I'm due for a haulout in about 6 months. 
 
My inclination is to give it a small tightening turn and see if that improves things. My understanding is that with some finesse, this maneuver can be done without removing the quadrant and attachments. Can someone suggest a grease or materials used in repacking this if/when it comes to that ? If a better approach exists I'm all ears. I'm aware that a lot of things get broken on boats when over-reacting to small problems. Thanks.
 




Re: Broken shackle on Main Sail car

Alan Leslie
 

Well done Bill, looks smart. Just one question, what's the reason for using shackles on the outhaul line ? We have dyneema loops going directly through the spliced loops on the outhaul line.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437 


Re: Stuffing box

Alan Leslie
 

We had this problem on the way to Tahiti in 2014. The leak practically flooded the aft cabin and the water ended up in the compartment under the floor just outside the aft head. The gland was repacked by a local guy who managed to strip the thread on the nylon nut and it still leaked. I managed to stop it by taking everything apart, removing one piece of packing (there are 3) and putting in some small diam rope so I could get the nut further down on the thread. That worked and lasted until New Zealand where I bought some new packing (3/8") and a new nut from Amel and now it doesn't leak at all. I used the PVC pipe I use for the c-drive seals to push the packing down into the stuffing box..it was an easy job.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Stuffing box

Gregory Shea
 



To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 02:44:43 -0700
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Stuffing box

 
Ours started to leak in 2014 on the way north to Nova Scotia and it got progressively worse in the next few months.  On the way south, we got tired of drying up the little cubby hole every day with a sponge and stopped at a marina in Georgia where with much, much effort they dug out 1 of the 3 stripes of packing and put one Imperial-sized (is this what you call non-metric?) strip of the stuff that is commonly available in the US, which I think is flax-based.  The old packing looked similar to the new "grey" US packing material.

The fix lasted waterproof for only a couple of weeks but the leak never got as bad as previously.

In Florida we received the metric packing from Amel, which is white, and which appears to be made from synthetic materials.  It got installed and the white screw tightened as much as our experienced Amel mechanic felt it was possible to tighten it.

By the time we reached La Rochelle there again was leakage, even if modest.  The leakage had started almost immediately after we left Florida.  The Amel mechanic tightened several turns (i.e., much more than what in Florida was believed to be "safe").  The thing has now been 100% waterproof for over six months.

We are grateful to Eric of Kimberlite for the advice he gave us in Huntington to keep a spare set of packing and a spare white screw in a ziplock bag next to the autopilot ram.

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
SM2K Nr. 350 (2002)
docked in Barcelona


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi,
I use an adjustable pipe wrench, it fits under the quadrant and works well. Very useful for a multitude of other tasks.
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl



From: "ing.d.valente@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:03 PM
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

 
Good day everybody.
I've read this interesting conversation about servicing/adjusting the rudder stuffing box.
We've found a little leakage from the rudderpost and, based on your experiences, we would try to simply tighten the nylon nut instead of removing the quadrant.
I'm referring to the cut-to-size wrench photo posted by Eric of Kimberlite. 
Since we are in Italy now and plan to fly to Cuba, would prefer have the wrench made before leaving and need then the sizes for that.
Does anyone have these sizes ?
We plan to sail from Cuba/Hemingway to Panama/St Blas early april.
Will be pleased to smoke a cigar with any amelowner overthere.
Thanks for your help

Donato
SM2000 OCEAN BIRD n.468
now in Cuba




---In amelyachtowners@..., wrote :

As Bill mentioned a slight turn on the nut will stop your leak. I would have someone cut a short wrench for you out of aluminum plate. There is a photo on kimberlites section in the photos section.
You need a large wrench and there is a small area to work.
You just turn the nut till the leak stops and then align the nut with locking plate and you are done.
Repacking the rudder stuffing box is tedious as the packing is rather hard to remove. I used a flat screwdriver as a chisel to remove all 3 rings of packing.
I would suggest you get the packing from Amel as it is already precut, also a spare nut.
 
It was  suggested by dow corning  to use Molykote silicone grease  it is specially formulated for packing.
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:58 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups..com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box
 
 
Just tighten the nut about 1/4 turn and you will be fine
 
Bill
BeBe 387
 
On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53 PM, thomas.kleman <no_reply@...> wrote:
 
I own L'ORIENT, SM2K #422, currently in Bonaire. I have a very slow drip from the stuffing box that increases somewhat in sailing conditions. I have read every post twice regarding this topic and hope the "old salts" can shed some light on this. My nylon nut under the quadrant is secured in place by a siezing plate (two screws) so a small tightening turn would involve re-siting this plate. I'm due for a haulout in about 6 months. 
 
My inclination is to give it a small tightening turn and see if that improves things. My understanding is that with some finesse, this maneuver can be done without removing the quadrant and attachments. Can someone suggest a grease or materials used in repacking this if/when it comes to that ? If a better approach exists I'm all ears. I'm aware that a lot of things get broken on boats when over-reacting to small problems. Thanks.
 



Re: Broken shackle on Main Sail car

william_maffei@...
 

Hey everyone!!! 

I installed the new outhaul car (ANT4150D) and the new track on my main out haul/in haul and I just wanted to share it with all you. I am so happy with the results! The mechanics have never worked better. After I got the track and car installed I spliced three soft shackles. One with 9mm Am-steel dyneema connecting the clue of the main sail and two with 6mm Am-steel dyneema connecting the out haul/in haul. The 9mm dyneema soft shackle has a breaking load of 13,600lbs and the 6mm dyneema has a breaking load of 5,400lbs. The last step is to replace the old aluminum 8M/1.25/50mm fasteners with the stainless fasteners that came with the track. Just waiting for the anti-corrosion product to arrive in the mail. I have uploaded a picture for you all to take a look at. Thoughts and comments are always appreciated. 

Bill Maffei
SM #195
It's all Good 


Re: Diesel Space Heater

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Hello Gerard,

Feel free to write to svperegrinus at the domain where this forum is hosted followed by the period sign followed by period followed by com at any time.  Here are our comments:

1.  Did you have the installation in La Rochelle done by Amel?
No, we asked Amel to do the installation but they referred us to a small electrician firm based in La Rochelle which periodically works on Amel boats docked at the Amel docks.  This small firm also works on other brands of boats in La Rochelle.  We found the co-owner/installer (the same person) to be extremely dedicated, experienced, resourceful and above all committed to customer satisfaction.  A strong language barrier existed so some French skills would be useful.

2.  Do you have any difficulties in balancing the heat in different cabins?
We haven't gotten any complaints from guests we've had in the forward cabin, although that cabin seems to get somewhat less warm than the main cabin and the aft cabin.  The thermostat, of which the Airtronic D5 only allows one, is located in the standard Amel location on the port side, midway above the dining table.  The main cabin seems to get a bit warmer than the aft cabin.  But we have no complaints whatsoever: the temperature distribution seems to be as good as humanly possible given the basic design limitations of one single thermostat design.  The Amel installation certainly delivers more accurate multiroom performance than what we have in our home's installation (also a system with only one thermostat for several rooms).
Bottom line: no complaints and we are very happy in this regard.

3.  I certainly wouldn't like the high pitched noise you've experienced because of a lack of silencer for the intake.  Can that not be installed at all on our boats or is it just difficult?
It would be nice if someone with a higher hull number of SM would pitch in.  Speculation: the factory moved the air intake to the bottom of the starboard cubbyhole (small lazarette) on boats made a year or two after Peregrinus precisely to add length, which either reduced the whine or allows an intake silencer.  But who knows?
In our case, we were running out of time because the August holiday was coming up in La Rochelle and we did not have time to sit down and fully analyse the situation.  Yes, an intake silencer could be fitted to Peregrinus, if the following conditions are met:
(a) Eberspächer stipulates a maximum length from intake to heater.
(b) Can a silencer conduit be bent?  The one silencer we were able to install is a straight run, a run which was "naturally" there since the day Peregrinus was built.  Let us know what you find out.
(c) If either or both of the above can be met, certainly one could add an extra loop and fit an intake silencer.  This extra loop may reduce storage space in the lazarette, but if the run could be accommodated as far to port as possibly, the space reduction may be insignificant/
 
4.  How much did you pay for the installation?
Don't recall for sure but I think it was around €5000 or €6,000, including the heater and materials.  It took several days of work, and because the factory sent an obsolete (analog) wall control, he had to return it and get the digital version.  Plus, he installed the silencer and the remote control computer at no additional cost, and this took some debugging, because we believe this may have been the first remote-control install in France with the new amber-backlight screens (the official France distributor was clueless).  We purchased the remote system ourselves for I believe €300 or so, and the silencer, €80 or so, was also additional.

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
SM2K N. 350 (2002)
Barcelona


Re: Shower in the after lazaret

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

No. 350 has both a showerhead (with the same Grohe Grohtherm 1000 [34 624] temperature thermostat/mixer as the showers below decks) and a selectable fresh water/salt water wash down outlet in the starboard lazarette/cubbyhole.

The wash down hose, which is the standard Amel green reel, reaches both the bow and aft of the boat.  So we used it once in Lettuce Lake (Fla.) to take fresh water showers in the aft area.  Unheated, of course.

Since the showerhead hose does not reach the aft area, one guest took a hot shower on the starboard deck, midway between the cockpit and the aft area.  

We have never played with the hose connections, but certainly one could connect the Grohe thermostat outlet to the green reel to the showered hose?  This way hot showers could be taken in the aft area.

Cheers,

Peregrinus
SM2K No. 350
docked at Reial Club Maritim


Re: Stuffing box

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Ours started to leak in 2014 on the way north to Nova Scotia and it got progressively worse in the next few months.  On the way south, we got tired of drying up the little cubby hole every day with a sponge and stopped at a marina in Georgia where with much, much effort they dug out 1 of the 3 stripes of packing and put one Imperial-sized (is this what you call non-metric?) strip of the stuff that is commonly available in the US, which I think is flax-based.  The old packing looked similar to the new "grey" US packing material.

The fix lasted waterproof for only a couple of weeks but the leak never got as bad as previously.

In Florida we received the metric packing from Amel, which is white, and which appears to be made from synthetic materials.  It got installed and the white screw tightened as much as our experienced Amel mechanic felt it was possible to tighten it.

By the time we reached La Rochelle there again was leakage, even if modest.  The leakage had started almost immediately after we left Florida.  The Amel mechanic tightened several turns (i.e., much more than what in Florida was believed to be "safe").  The thing has now been 100% waterproof for over six months.

We are grateful to Eric of Kimberlite for the advice he gave us in Huntington to keep a spare set of packing and a spare white screw in a ziplock bag next to the autopilot ram.

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
SM2K Nr. 350 (2002)
docked in Barcelona


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

Donato Valente
 

Good day everybody.
I've read this interesting conversation about servicing/adjusting the rudder stuffing box.
We've found a little leakage from the rudderpost and, based on your experiences, we would try to simply tighten the nylon nut instead of removing the quadrant.
I'm referring to the cut-to-size wrench photo posted by Eric of Kimberlite. 
Since we are in Italy now and plan to fly to Cuba, would prefer have the wrench made before leaving and need then the sizes for that.
Does anyone have these sizes ?
We plan to sail from Cuba/Hemingway to Panama/St Blas early april.
Will be pleased to smoke a cigar with any amelowner overthere.
Thanks for your help

Donato
SM2000 OCEAN BIRD n.468
now in Cuba




---In amelyachtowners@..., <kimberlite@...> wrote :

As Bill mentioned a slight turn on the nut will stop your leak. I would have someone cut a short wrench for you out of aluminum plate. There is a photo on kimberlites section in the photos section.

You need a large wrench and there is a small area to work.

You just turn the nut till the leak stops and then align the nut with locking plate and you are done.

Repacking the rudder stuffing box is tedious as the packing is rather hard to remove. I used a flat screwdriver as a chisel to remove all 3 rings of packing.

I would suggest you get the packing from Amel as it is already precut, also a spare nut.

 

It was  suggested by dow corning  to use Molykote silicone grease  it is specially formulated for packing.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:58 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stuffing box

 

 

Just tighten the nut about 1/4 turn and you will be fine

 

Bill

BeBe 387

 

On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53 PM, thomas.kleman <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

I own L'ORIENT, SM2K #422, currently in Bonaire. I have a very slow drip from the stuffing box that increases somewhat in sailing conditions. I have read every post twice regarding this topic and hope the "old salts" can shed some light on this. My nylon nut under the quadrant is secured in place by a siezing plate (two screws) so a small tightening turn would involve re-siting this plate. I'm due for a haulout in about 6 months. 

 

My inclination is to give it a small tightening turn and see if that improves things. My understanding is that with some finesse, this maneuver can be done without removing the quadrant and attachments. Can someone suggest a grease or materials used in repacking this if/when it comes to that ? If a better approach exists I'm all ears. I'm aware that a lot of things get broken on boats when over-reacting to small problems. Thanks.

 


Re: Shower in the after lazaret

Alan Leslie
 

We replaced the standard Amel cockpit locker shower hose with a curly washdown type hose with a multi head on it. It's long enough to cover the whole boat...and the water is warm if the engine has been running recently. Given that you'd have to open the lazarette to use a plumbed in shower, which doesn't leave much space on the rear deck, our curly hose is a good option.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437